Skip the dessert in a glass
We all know that sweet drinks are higher in calories.
However, you might be surprised to find out just how many more calories they contain. A pina colada has nearly 400 calories, and a chocolate martini has nearly 500 calories. That’s four and five times the calories of a gin and tonic.
And, don’t even get me started on Long Island Iced Tea, which can have up to 700 calories in an 8-ounce serving.
Pay attention to the mixers and alcohol proof
Juices and sodas add flavor and calories to your drink. Even tonic water has 10 calories per serving. Try mixing with club soda, diet soda or Fresca. Also, the higher the alcohol proof, the higher the calorie count. Infused liquors can add flavor without adding calories, so you can cut down or eliminate the amount of juice or soda in your drink.
A jigger (1.5 oz) of 80-proof vodka, gin or rum has 97 calories. The same quantity of 100-proof alcohol has 123 calories. This helpful guide will tell you the calorie count for your favorite liqueurs, another source of hidden calories.
Consider low-calorie substitutions
Glamour magazine has some good recommendations for how to swap lower-calorie cocktails for higher-calorie favorites. For example, order a Mudslide instead of a White Russian and save 154 calories. Go for a Mojito instead of a Margarita and save 206 calories.
Recipes for cocktails under 170 calories:
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